Top Medical News
2 days ago
In hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and neutrophil count percentage (NCP) may reliably predict mortality, a new study shows.
3 days ago
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at a higher risk of developing cancers, a new observational study shows.
Dr. Joslyn Ngu, 3 days ago

A smoke-free workforce initiative that appeals to organization leaders and pioneers from top corporations to be directly involved in championing the cause for a healthier and smoke-free workforce has been launched locally.

9 days ago
Patients with heart failure tend to normalise the symptoms they experience, which results in delayed presentation for primary care, a new study shows.
11 days ago
Daily smoking within the last 30 days, the male gender and an advanced disease are associated with high viral load in patients with HIV, a new study shows.
12 days ago
Respiratory parameters during mechanical ventilation may be obtained using flow-volume curves, a new study suggests. While there may be a significant difference, pre-anaesthetic airway resistance appears to estimate the intra-anaesthetic airway resistance in the absence of obstructions.
Rachel Soon, 16 days ago

Despite contemporary research, antibiotics continue to be unnecessarily prescribed for many cases of pediatric upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), says an expert.

Special Reports
01 Mar 2017
At the recent Asia Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) workshop in Kuala Lumpur, MIMS Doctor had the privilege of having an exclusive interview with eminent paediatric infectious disease specialist, Associate Professor Tawee Chotpitayasunondh. This article captures the highlights from our conversation with him.
03 Jan 2017
At a recent dinner symposium, an expert from Belgium presented on the management of allergic rhinitis, with a particular focus on the use of oral H1-antihistamines and intranasal glucocorticosteroids.
16 Dec 2016
KEYTRUDA – Pembrolizumab 100 mg/4 mL soln for inj – Merck Sharp & Dohme
09 Dec 2016
Asthma is a common condition prevalent in all countries of the world. To some it represents a minor, short-lived cough occurring after a viral infection; to others it is an incapacitating disease giving rise not just to morbidity but also premature death. This heterogeneity can lead to a sense of complacency and there is a need for a much improved approach to asthma to reduce unnecessary suffering. MIMS Doctor spoke to Professor Martyn Partridge who outlined a newer, more aggressive approach in asthma management.
02 Dec 2016
The Asia Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) recently organized an influenza workshop in Kuala Lumpur. The workshop saw eminent speakers from seven countries presenting on topics concerning the impact of influenza, vaccination of various populations, current and upcoming treatments for influenza, policy considerations and approaches for pandemic preparedness. Read about highlights from the workshop in this newsletter. 
Pearl Toh, 29 Nov 2016
New-generation therapies targeted toward specific genetic alterations such as EGFR and ALK mutations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can overcome resistance to first-generation therapies and improve survival of patients, according to a presentation at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) held in Bangkok, Thailand.
23 Nov 2016
At the recent Infectious Disease Symposium held on the 5th of August 2016, at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, two speakers spoke on the role of macrolides in the management of respiratory tract infections, as well as the importance of antibiotic stewardship in combating microbial resistance.
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 21 Dec 2016
Nivolumab better preserved health-related quality of life and symptom control than docetaxel in patients with previously treated advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to additional data from the CHECKMATE 057* trial presented at the recent European Society for Medical Oncology Asia 2016 Congress (ESMO Asia 2016) held in Singapore.
Elaine Soliven, 15 Dec 2016
Thoracic ultrasound (US) may be a useful tool to further evaluate pulmonary complications in complicated pneumonia, especially if chest X-ray results are inconclusive, according to a presentation at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) held in Bangkok, Thailand.
05 Dec 2016
Slideshow: Highlights from the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016), Bangkok, Thailand, 12 - 15 November 2016
01 Dec 2016
Balance impairment in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be directly related to old age, coronary artery disease, increased Timed Up and Go (TUG), and reduced 6-minute walk distance (6MWD), according to a study presented at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 30 Nov 2016

Various factors come into play when choosing the ideal chemotherapy regimen for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a presentation at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Pearl Toh, 29 Nov 2016
New-generation therapies targeted toward specific genetic alterations such as EGFR and ALK mutations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can overcome resistance to first-generation therapies and improve survival of patients, according to a presentation at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Pearl Toh, 25 Nov 2016
Triple combination of tiotropium, formoterol, and ciclesonide (TFC) once daily improved lung function and symptoms in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) regardless of their smoking history, with nonsmokers deriving a greater benefit, according to a study presented at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) held in Bangkok, Thailand.